2023-06-03

How to Help Someone Experiencing a Bad High

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I don’t smoke or eat weed, it’s just not for me, but don’t get me wrong! I do support it and I’ve been around people who know what they are doing when they want to get high. But what happens when they don’t know and neither do you?

I was recently put into that position and it was low-key scary. Luckily enough, I’ve been working on these blogs and talking about weed so much, I was able to help just a little and learned so much from that situation, I wanted to share it!

Allow me to paint you a picture, one of my roommates ate some edibles while out with friends and didn’t realize how strong they can be, until it was too late. I received a discombobulated call around 3pm on a Monday afternoon. “Something, something, something, candies… Can you pick me up?” That was pretty much the extent of the call and I put threw on my checkered vans as fast as I could and made my way over. 

I was quickly given the rundown and was shown the empty bag that was shared. There she sat neatly on the floor, ragdolled over herself and I stood in the door frame trying to get a game plan going. Eventually I got her home and helped her to her room, where she slumped herself over back into the same potion on a new floor.

I must admit I was already a little overwhelmed and under-knowledge. The only thing running through my head was my other friend’s story about how when he got high for the first time. He decided to use edibles too and it just didn’t go to plan either. He told me he was high for 3 days. As I stood watching her figuring out what to do next, she started crying to me, “Am I going to feel like this forever?” And I quickly thought back to my friend. With this, comes my first tip, I realized that most people who get high for the first time aren’t really prepared for that feeling of floating and get really scared by it. Although, I knew that there was a chance of her anxiety becoming greater and I was trying to get ahead of that. 

Sleep is a great deterrent, but it only works if you can get them to manage their anxieties. Also hugging, a lot of hugging, but mainly from the side so as to not worsen their anxiety by making them feel boxed in. 

My next tip would be to be patient. When someone is in this situation, you could find them to be extremely needy and incoherent in their logic. It took a lot of time and convincing to get her back into bed to try to get her to sleep it off. I felt like I was about to lose my mind. 

Eventually, with a lot of time, tears and support, I was able to get her into bed and relax so she could sleep it off. The next morning she was a little off, but wasn’t as anxious. 

Most first time bad highs are brought on by overwhelming stimulation, just try to be the calm one and support the feeling, everything will be okay in the end! Your main goal is just to remind them that they are safe. 

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